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Kathy Gail

Selfless, loving, and kind, Kathy Gail Fuerst lived a heart-centered life rooted in family and service to others. With a powerful drive to help others, Kathy dedicated her life to the good care of her family and community. Whether creating a loving home, supporting her children’s endeavors, or caring for other people’s children, Kathy provided a safe harbor from Life’s storms by unflinchingly sharing her unwavering faith and loving arms. Cherished by many, Kathy’s love and light will long live in the hearts of those she loved.

The 1950’s were known as the decade of the Baby Boomer. With the Great Depression and WWII firmly in the past, the decade centered around family. Jobs were abundant, and the simple things like buying a home and raising children became the focus for most. Whether catching a ball game or watching TV, family time was the goal and hope for the future the norm. It was with this sense of hope that Elmo and Mary Gentry (nee Gawf), of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, welcomed their daughter Kathy into their hearts and home on October 6th, 1959.

Though Kathy’s earliest years were spent in Walnut Ridge, her family moved up to Rockford, Illinois in 1964. There she grew up in a family that was firmly centered in a strong faith life. Together, the Gentrys explored and celebrated their faith at their home church, First United Pentecostal Church, where Kathy shared her gifts as a piano player and worship singer with her older sisters Charlene and Darlene.

During her teen years, Kathy was also heavily involved in Home Economics. Baking and sewing were her favorite subjects. Never one to shy away from hard work, she started her first job during these years; she tirelessly worked on an assembly line as a spot welder at Nylint Toy Factory.

After high school, Kathy worked a number of office jobs and eventually landed full-time work as a secretary at Clinton Electrics.

In February of 1983, Kathy’s grandmother, Wilma Gentry, presented her with the gift of a lifetime, an introduction to Mark Fuerst. Instantly smitten, the pair began dating in March. They shared their first meal at McDonald’s where Kathy, protected by her younger brother Tim, refused to eat her meal because she was more interested in pursuing her sweetheart to be. Kathy and Mark steadily dated for nearly eight months before Mark purposed around Kathy’s 24th birthday. Kathy responded with an immediate “yes!” and they married a few short months later on March 3, 1984, in Rockford at First United Pentecostal Church.

The happy couple stayed in Rockford for their early years of marriage and then moved to Wisconsin due to the nature of Mark’s job. After many good years of just the two of them, it was time to welcome their son, Dustin, in March of 1990. Daughter Kayla joined the family in November of 1991 and son Darren in March of 1993. After Darren’s arrival it was certain they needed more room to grow, so they purchased their home in Franksville, WI where they have lived ever since. In September of 1995, their family became complete with the birth of their final son, Devin. Before having children, Kathy worked in microfilm transcription as well as supplies and sales at Master Lock. She chose to quit just a month before Dustin was born to raise her family in love as a stay-at-home mom.

Determined to build their family with a similar foundation of faith as the one she grew up with when Mark and Kathy moved to Wisconsin in 1987, they returned to Mark’s church family at Elim Tabernacle. With signature enthusiasm for service, Kathy served alongside Mark as a 5th and 6th Grade Sunday School Teacher from 1987 to 1995. She also volunteered and worked in various roles at Elim Christian Academy to be close to her children during their school years.

For those who were blessed to meet her, Kathy’s boundless capacity for love was evident in everything she did. Her heart was truly happiest when caring for children. As her own children grew older, Kathy realized her time as a stay-at-home mom was coming to a close. In 2002, she answered her heart’s calling and gained new purpose working at Parkway Daycare. Kathy had a true passion for the care of children, and she poured out a love that could only be of God to all those she encountered. Without a doubt, she was a kid and parent favorite whose love and care left a lasting impact on all who knew her. As children graduated from her class, they still made sure to say hello and goodbye to Kathy each day.

Shortly after starting work at the daycare, Mark and Kathy made Parkway Apostolic Church their home church. This was an extra blessing for Kathy as many of her former students were also members of the church fellowship which made it easy to stay in touch and share their lives. Kathy worked at the daycare for nearly eight years before moving on to Always Best Care where she worked the remainder of her life lovingly serving those in need of in-home care assistance.

In November of 2016, Kathy found her most delightful calling when her first grandchild, Everly June, was born. With the birth of Everly, Kathy voluntarily reduced her work hours to part-time so she could lend her expertise and help Dustin and Kara through the journey of parenthood. With immeasurable joy, Kathy gave a great deal of her time to carrying and nurturing Everly’s life. She relished in being a “Nana” and consciously created lasting memories her entire family will long cherish. Kathy was over the moon when she learned she would be getting another grandchild to spoil at the end of March this year. Already counting down the days when Kara would return to work from maternity leave, Kathy eagerly looked forward to being with her two grandchildren.

Certainly, Kathy’s unexpected departure leaves us stunned and saddened, as the world is significantly duller without Kathy’s loving smile and warm comfort. While it is beyond words to describe the depth of loss we feel in her absence, may we find comfort in our many sweet memories of the beautiful woman we knew. May it afford additional comfort to know that Kathy’s legacy of love and care for others lives on in the hearts and lives of those who were blessed to know her; and that she would want nothing more than for her loved ones to continue to have the great lives she worked so hard to help them create.

Kathy Gail Fuerst: Entered into her rest March 3, 2018, at the age of 58. Kathy is the beloved wife of Mark C. Fuerst for 34 years. She is the cherished mother of Dustin (Kara) Fuerst, Kayla Fuerst, Darren Fuerst, and Devin Fuerst. The loving grandmother of Everly Fuerst and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her second grandchild, due March 31st. Loving daughter of Mary and the late Elmo Gentry. She is the dear sister of Charlene (Harold) Adams, Darlene (Joe) Hulbert and James Tim Gentry. Fond sister-in-law of Karen Raeder, Rhonda Sheldon and Kurt (Lisa) Fuerst. She is further survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Parkway Apostolic Church 10940S. Nicholson Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154 form 4:00 PM until time of the Memorial Service at 6:00 PM

Kathy dedicated so much of her life to serving others, especially children. Her passion was to love children, so the family has requested that any memorial contributions be made in Kathy’s name to Team Kenya of Parkway Apostolic Church or Tupelo Children’s Mansion via Parkway Church Faith Initiatives

Niemann / Suminski

LifeStory Funeral Homes

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Past Comments

Tim Gentry

Kathy is my sister and I am going to miss her so bad the pain and emptiness is unreal the only thing I know for sure is that you were at rest in the arms of Jesus and someday I know I will see you again I love you. ❤️

Debbie Steltz

I will remember Kathy as someone who always made me laugh. We both started out at Elim Taberbacle some 35 years ago and even though our lives took different paths, when I would see her over the many years, it was just like picking up where we left off. A beautiful person inside and out. You are loved by many and will be missed by many! There’s a day coming when I will see you again and I know we will laugh again! You are home!!!

Deb (Hays) Edmonds

Kathy was one of my Sunday school teachers when I was a small girl. She was such a sweet beautiful godly lady! I’m so sad to hear of her passing. I know you’re rejoicing with Jesus! ❤️

Sandra Stroud Anderson

Kathy was my cousin (Mary Gentry), daughter. I feel your pain and emptiness. There is no pain like losing a child. It is something you don’t ever get over. Even though we’re miles apart, were still family. I love y’all.
I will pray for peace and understanding while your traveling through this journey. Just remember, your not alone!!!

Tammy Trunkel

Kathy always had a smile and heartfelt laugh. She will truly be missed.

Jeanette Crosswait

Kathy is a beautiful saint of the Most High God, gentle spirit and always kind. She has gone before us, but soon we will all be reunited in Our Lord Jesus. She has been called home, the goal of us all… be with Our Lord Jesus for eternity. Kathy was a great example of The Love of God. Mark, the kids and all the family you are in my prayers. I will miss seeing Kathy’s smiling at Parkway.

Genelle Missurelli

I personally did not know Kathy, but as a Caregiver, with Always Best Care, she was so kind and compassionate in her career as a Caregiver.

To her family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for all of you.

Please accept my deepest sympathy,

Genelle Missurelli-Caregiver, Always Best Care

Bobby Gentry

Kathy is my 1st cousin. Still can’t believe that God has taken her home, but I am confident that our Lord knows what He is doing. Kathy was so sweet and kind. We were separated by distance, yet bound by bonds of love and family. She is already missed. Much love to Mark and the kids as well as her siblings and Aunt Mary. I will see you all on Thursday! Blessings!

Judy Ward

I’m really sad to hear of her passing. I remember that Sister Kathy had the best hugs. She really made you feel loved and important when she put her arms around you. She was also so interesting to talk to because she lived life fully and her conversation was filled with animation and joy even for the simple things.


To the family you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother Kathy was a good friend of mine I never met her family but I shared so many memories about her family and my family we used to work together many years ago at Newcastle in Mequon as caregivers we would Fellowship when we were bringing our clients down for dinner we will talk about the Lord we would talking about the world and about our children we would talk about our spouses but most of all we got enjoy out of talking about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ she will truly be missed when I open up Facebook and I saw that this morning my heart just dropped but to the family Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal look to the hills which cometh all of your help God bless you all gone but not forgotten my friend Kathy rest on deer well done my good and faithful servant love you always your friend Anita

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